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Daily News – 03.08.2010

Midday Express of 2010-08-03

Commission Européenne - 03/08/2010

EXME 10 / 03.08

Midday Express of 2010-08-03

News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Générale Communication

EU's biometric database continues to ensure effective management of the Common European Asylum System

The 2009 annual report on the activities of EURODAC (the EU wide biometric tool which helps determine which Member State is responsible for examining an asylum claim), was published today by the Commission. The report gives essential information on patterns of asylum seeking and illegal entry in the EU, and shows a sharp decrease in the number of persons apprehended in connection with irregular crossing of the EU external border. The figure for 'multiple applications' – asylum claims where the same person has already made an application in the same country or in another Member State – has increased to 23.3% from last year's 17.5%.

Système d’information sur le marché intérieur: la Commission salue l'inscription de la 5 000e autorité

La Commission a souhaité la bienvenue à la municipalité de Lloret de Vistalegre, sur l'île de Majorque, qui est la 5 000e administration à s'inscrire au système d'information sur le marché intérieur (IMI). L'IMI est une application en ligne sécurisée qui permet aux autorités nationales, régionales et locales de communiquer facilement et rapidement avec les autorités d'autres pays de l'UE. Ce système est actuellement utilisé aux fins de la coopération administrative dans le cadre de la reconnaissance des qualifications professionnelles et de la prestation de services transfrontières, en application de la directive Services. C'est le cas par exemple lorsqu'une municipalité espagnole doit vérifier qu'une société belge de construction désireuse d'offrir ses services dans sa circonscription est légalement établie en Belgique. L'IMI présente des avantages pour les autorités qui l'utilisent, mais également pour les prestataires de services et les professionnels dont il facilite la vie lorsqu'ils offrent leurs services dans un autre pays de l'UE. Pour saluer cette 5 000e inscription, la Commission a produit un vidéoclip qui peut être visionné à l'adresse suivante: http://ec.europa.eu/imi-net

European Commission requests further humanitarian funding to respond to the worsening food crisis in the Sahel and Sudan

In response to the worsening food crisis affecting the Sahel and Sudan, Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva announced today that the Commission has proposed an additional €40 million in humanitarian funding to be drawn from the EU budget's Emergency Aid Reserve. €30 million of this would be additional funding for the Sahel and €10 million for Sudan. This extra €30 million will bring the total humanitarian aid funds allocated by the Commission to fighting malnutrition in the Sahel since the end of 2009 to €98 million. The additional funds will be used to boost the humanitarian aid operations carried out by European Commission humanitarian aid partners and will help provide food assistance to over 500,000 extra beneficiaries during the next critical months until harvest time in October. Currently, over 10 million people in the Sahel region are at risk of food insecurity. Of these over 7 million are in Niger and 3 million of these are considered to be severely food insecure and in need of urgent food assistance.

Industrial producer prices up by 0.3% in euro area

In June 2010 compared with May 2010, the industrial producer price index1 rose by 0.3% in the euro area2 (EA16) and by 0.2% in the EU272. In May 20103, prices increased by 0.3% in both zones. In June 2010 compared with June 2009, industrial producer prices gained 3.0% in the euro area and 3.5% in the EU27.

State aid: Commission approves the transfer of the first tranche of impaired assets under the Irish asset relief scheme NAMA

The European Commission has authorised, under EU state aid rules, the transfer of the first tranche of assets to the Irish National Asset Management Agency (NAMA). The Commission found this transfer to be in line with the approved scheme (see IP/10/198) and with its guidance on the treatment of impaired assets (see IP/09/322). In particular, the transfer satisfies predefined transparency and disclosure requirements, the assets fulfil the criteria for participation in the scheme and their valuation complies with the requirements of the Commission's guidance and results in adequate burden sharing. The Commission also continues to rely on the commitments of the Irish authorities to ensure that NAMA does not lead to undue distortions of competition. The Commission has therefore concluded that the transfer of the first tranche of assets to NAMA represents an appropriate means of remedying a serious disturbance in the Irish economy and as such is compatible with Article 107(3)(b) of the EU Treaty.

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